1. Long power cable comes with the Play:1 speakers... would be great if shorter version included with each Play:1 to support close proximity receptacle. That way, don't have lengthy power cord wrapped/looped around (subject to EM noise/interference, impacting sound experience) and it is easier/cleaner to install.
2. Instead of power outlet, I could install CAT5/6 Ethernet cable (within or on it own) to support BOTH a wired LAN connecton (perhaps a Wifi extended or local access point/switch... which I happen to have) AND PoE (Power over Ethernet) where DC could be provided to Play:1 speaker. This would required special adapter to break power our of PoE ethernet cable at Play:1 speaker... as well as speaker to inject power onto ethernet cable at source (local to ethernet AP/switch/extender) ... again making a clean/simple installation. This would require changing power setup on Play:1 as currently it accepts 110V AC (or 220V Europe etc) instead of DC... perhaps a separate port and sensing circuit internally could detect.
Happy to BETA TEST either of these above Feature Requests/Product Enhancements! I actually already have a PoE switch and other WifI APs that use same for similar setups.
Great ideas? Your thoughts?
Best answer by AjTrek1
I'll keep this as short as possible. I'm not a Sonos product architect. Therefore, my comments do not represent anything having to do with Sonos design, engineering and/or implementation.
You can type “Short Power Cable for Play 1” in your browser and you’ll get a plethora of hits. Here’s one example: https://www.worldwidestereo.com/products/flexson-short-power-cable-for-play-1-sonos-speakers
As for PoE...while a novel idea IMO it is better used in an enterprise/business environment. Sonos is designed to fit into an environment with normal power requirements for the average user (home and/or business). Changing and/or adding an additional power application would most certainly drive the price of Sonos beyond the reach of many. Let’s be honest…Sonos isn’t exactly a bargain basement investment.
From a technical aspect…the Mary Jo’s and John Boy’s of the world outnumber us geeks by almost an infinite number. I’ll admit the Mary Jo’s and John Boy’s of the world are a lot more tech-savvy today than 5 years ago; but not to the point (IMO) where they are networking guru’s. Neither am I for that matter. :8
Have you seen the number of posts in this forum where people still can’t understand the difference between a Wi-Fi (Standard) setup and Boost mode. Think what would happen if they had to deal with powering their Sonos via Ethernet. Question..."How do I plug this funny looking cable into the wall outlet"?
Going further into tech…consumer based routers are typically not PoE Injector equipped. So not only are we changing the way Sonos works by adding PoE; but also the type of router and/or secondary hardware (switch) the end user must have and understand it’s application.
So in conclusion...YOU did some great thinking outside of the box_kudo's. However, I don't believe PoE is a practical option (JMO). Then again Sonos is always coming up with ways to make their products better and cutting edge...so who know's...PoE may be on the drawing board :?